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Scrubbaloe Caine


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Jim Harmata (guitar)
Bob Kidd (bass)
Paul Dean (guitar)
Henry Small (electric violin)
Bill McBeth (drums, percussion, vocals)
Al Foreman (keyboards, harmonica, vocals)
Jim Kale (bass, vocals; replaced Kidd)

Scrubbaloe Caine was formed when Al Foreman, Jim Harmata, and Bob Kidd drove to Calgary from Vancouver to hook up with Paul Dean and Henry Small. The five auditioned numerous drummers before settling on Bill McBeth, who had worked with Dean in the band Canada.

The six members worked under the name of Cannonball in the formative stages, playing venues in Calgary, Winnipeg, and Quebec City. It was while the band was in Winnipeg that Don Hunter, the Guess Who’s manager, became interested in the group. Hunter sent out Kale (who had been released from the Guess Who) to Quebec to check on the band’s progress. At the time, the band had been playing steadily at the Electric Circle in Quebec City. Kale was impressed, and gave Hunter a good report. Some time later, Bob Kidd’s bass playing was not strong enough, and he was let go. The band soon asked Kale to join the band.

They band released singles from their debut album in 1973 and 1974 but to little success. Plans for release of a second album, tentatively titled ‘Street Level’, never materialized. The band split up in debt and far from home - Toronto - in 1976.

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